Tuesday, May 5, 2009

House Of Whipcord (1974)

5 / 5
Tagline: Many young girls have entered these gates--none have yet come out!
Directed by: Pete Walker
Written by: David McGillivray, Pete Walker
Actors include: Barbara Markham, Sheila Keith, Patrick Barr
Genre: Horror
Length: 102 minutes
Banned: Norway
Country: UK

Wow now this is a movie! From the preview I'd seen earlier I expected this to be a sort of fun playful slasher but in fact I was way offbase. This is a stern serious dark and creepy film, and it's very intense and exciting. We start off watching a girl who has been bloodied and is very week getting picked up by a trucker. Then we flash back to how she got there. She is a model and went on a date with this photographer to meet his family. It's kinda funny how rude he is to this model, I mean seriously anyone with half a brain wouldn't have gone in the first place. Anyhow our bubblehead model ends up at what she presumes is his mother's house and immediately she's ordered to strip, placed in "prison clothes" and told she is forbidden to speak to the others. There are quite a few girls locked away in this towering old mansion, and they all look to have suffered abuse. The rules go first offense = solitary for two weeks, second offence = a flogging, third offence = a hanging. One of the highlights is Sheila Keith who is one of the creepiest looking and sternest looking women I've seen. What sets this apart is the feeling of doom, the intensity of the horror and well it's like an exploitation version of Annie, only it's entirely surprising and you never know what will happen next. Definitely one of the best films I've seen that I've heard almost nothing about!

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